March 18, 2021
Legislative Update | Pay raise bill heading to governor’s desk
Earlier today, the House concurred on HB 852, the standalone teacher pay raise bill. This bill sees teachers with 0-2 years experience receiving a $1,100 pay increase, bringing the state’s minimum starting salary to $37,000. All other teachers and teacher assistants would receive a $1,000 pay increase. HB 852 now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. He has indicated that he would sign any pay raise bill the Legislature sends his way.
We’re grateful for the leadership of Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar and House Education Chairman Richard Bennett for prioritizing teacher pay and ensuring the bill’s passage.
More on today’s legislative action here.
From MAE president Erica Jones:
We are thrilled to see the standalone teacher pay raise bill on its way to the governor’s desk. This pay increase is absolutely a step in the right direction. That said, as we continue to grapple with the state’s teacher shortage crisis and the knowledge that Mississippi teachers still struggle to make ends meet, it’s important to remember that sporadic pay raises won’t help us to recruit and retain teachers or allow teachers to quit their second and third jobs.
We need to work together to develop a bold, long-term teacher pay plan that will help stop the hemorrhaging of teachers who can’t afford to stay in the classroom and allow us to pay these hardworking professionals a salary reflective of their value.